Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kemp, Gwynn, Oeltjen Combine for 12 Hits in Dodger Rout; Cabreras Make Indians a Winner

Players of the Day for Monday, June 27, 2011

American League

Asdrubal Cabrera
Although unrelated, the Cabrera boys, Asdrubal and Orlando, have been a lethal combination in the middle infield for the Cleveland Indians.

Orlando Cabrera
If Monday's 5-4 win over Arizona was made into a Hollywood movie, they would be credited as producers, directors and stars of the film.

Asdrubal got the Indians started with a two-run homer in the first inning and Orlando finished off the show with a solo home run in the top of the 9th for the winning run.

The win left Cleveland a game behind the Tigers in the AL Central, while sending the Diamondbacks to their third straight loss, two games behind the Giants, who have won five straight, in the NL West.

National League

Matt Kemp
Even though the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy on Monday, that did not diminish the desire of the players on the field.

Tony Gwynn Jr.
Chad Billingsley tossed six innings of 4-hit, shutout ball, the bullpen blanked the Twins the rest of the way and the position players banged out 25 hits, in a 15-0 on-field, statement victory over Minnesota, who have now lost six straight.

Three different Dodgers - Tony Gwynn Jr., Matt Kemp and Trent Oeltjen - collected four hits apiece as the team attempted to retain some sense of dignity even though they are nine games behind the Giants in the NL West and eight game under .500, at 36-44.

Trent Oeltjen
Gwynn was 4-for-6, all singles, but stole two bases, scored twice and drove in a run. Matt Kemp continued his assault on pitchers of all types, from either league, going 4-for-5, including his league-leading 22nd home run, a double, two runs and two RBI.

Oeltjen, the rookie outfielder, had a pair of singles, a triple and a solo home run, drove in a pair of runs and scored three times.

Twelve hits by the Dodger outfield says more about the team than the financial fiasco of the ownership.

INTERLEAGUE TALLY: There were just six interleague games on Monday, and the National League won four of them, trimming the AL lead to just two games, at 88-86.

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